The Norsemen eliminated the Warriors from the district tournament last season, making Friday’s victory all the sweeter.
A six-goal first half set the tone for the matchup, while the Warrior offense slowed in the final half and North Muskegon capitalized on a few mistakes in garbage time.
Even Fles led the way with four goals, scoring three in the first half, assisted twice by Tyler Van Beek and once by Brant Zeerip and Tommy Tencate.
Owen Alfree netted the Warriors’ fourth goal, unassisted, and assisted their fifth, setting up Van Beek. Jordon Wisniewski finished off the electric first half with a solo goal.
Fles kicked off the second half with his fourth goal, before the Norsemen finally found the net. Seth Vander Kooi answered with his first goal of the game, assisted by Brandon Fles.
North Muskegon capped off scoring with their second goal as time expired.
“When our players connect with each other and build each other up during the game, they play so well,” WMC head coach David Hulings said. “It was great to keep our wins going and play at our high level.
“Toward the end of the game, we made a couple of mistakes and North Muskegon did what teams should do and took advantage. They didn’t have many chances, but they did get one break away and a penalty kick, and converted.”
The win extends the Warriors’ record to 11-1 on the season and 4-0 in the Lakes Eight.
The victory also extends their winning streak to nine games, setting up a chance for double-digits in a conference matchup with Manistee on the road. WMC continues against Ludington at home Thursday before hosting Orchard View on Saturday.